September 18, 2014

GSM Droid Caught on Film, Headed to T-Mobile?

milestone_pinchThe hottest Android phone on the planet right now has to be the Verizon Droid from Motorola.  The recently announced and soon to be launched handset has people drooling all over the world.  Unfortunately, the Droid won’t work in many parts of the world due to it being CDMA.  This calls for a GSM version!

Vietnamese website Tinhte was among the first to film some face time with a GSM-flavored Droid.  For unknown reasons, the video has been made private.  Not to worry though – below is the same video with annotations made by another user.

We’ve learned over the last day that this handset will be known as the Milestone and end up on Vodafone and O2 sometime next week!  Nearly the same as the Verizon Droid, this handset has picked up a few slight changes.  Noticeably, there is no Google Maps Navigation to be found.  In its place is a service called Motonav turn-by-turn.  As pointed out on AndroidAndMe, it’s likely due to license issues outside of the US.  One advantage the Milestone has over the Droid is multitouch support.  Check out another video, this time from Mobile-Review.  Watch around the 3:00 mark to see pinch zooming within photos.

Where does T-Mobile come in to play with all of this?  TmoNews was passed a screenshot that was allegedly taken within an internal MotoBlur account specifically set up for agents.   You can clearly see on the left where it says both “Sholes UMTS T-Mobile US” as well as “Sholes Tablet T-Mobile US”.  The tablet is likely to ditch the slideout QWERTY and act as a touch only version of the handset.  We’re pretty sure you T-Mobile fans would be happy with either edition of the Droid, wouldn’t you?

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